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Hutterites of Montana Hardcover – 1 Nov 2000

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  • Hardcover: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (1 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300083394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300083392
  • Product Dimensions: 32.4 x 25.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,979,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Laura Wilson first came upon the Hutterites by accident in 1983. Hutterites are Anabaptist Christians who live in isolated agricultural communities on America’s Great Plains. They have a considerable religious and communal heritage, the first groups having been founded in 1528. They are also very much a community, not only living as such but also owning their land communally and dividing the income they make from it equally, according to need. They arrived in America in the eighteen seventies, refugees from religious persecution, and set up three separate colonies. Hutterites are fiercely pacifist, non-conformist and amongst themselves speak a German dialect. These differences from the norm have also led to an amount of persecution in their adopted country over the years; but it would appear that Hutterites today, by their own labour, thrive. To this day they live apart from the outside world and yet, as Wilson’s experiences evidence, are content to be visited by it. Hutterites deny themselves what they regard as worldly temptations such as television and radio on religious grounds, although such traditions must also contribute to the maintenance and binding nature of the community.
They are also underwhelmed with photography. Laura Wilson, brought up in New England but now living in Texas, seems to be endowed with both patience and persistence. The fact that the Hutterites deny themselves modern recreational pleasures doesn’t mean that they are unaware of them and initial permission to make photographs seems to have been given on account of the fact that the pictures would be in black and white. Wilson first began working in the American West as an assistant to Richard Avedon and felt moved to continue working in the area on her own account.
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Artfully Told 31 Dec. 2005
By The Cashmere Bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Once in awhile, you find a book that outstrips others and stands on its' own. This isn't the glam photography of Annie Liebowitz, the sexually overt Herb Ritts, nor is it the intentionally odd portraiture of Diane Arbus. This is an artist in the same league as Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, Galen Rowell, and Phil Borges. Simply put, Laura Wilson is a thoughtful artist, whose vision and understanding are the product of a level of artistic and a respect for history that few others show. If there is one word that stands above all it is this: craft.

This book is the result of years of visiting and slowly getting to know the Hutterites, not an easy task. A friend of Richard Avedon, Laura Wilson's greatness and strength show up in her photos which depict the people as they are. If you can, buy them all! Her work is an education in the type of commitment it takes to make and pursue fine art.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sere Perfection On A Black-White Plane 20 Nov. 2005
By Doc Giere - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is not a coffee table book. Nor is it a book to be wasted on a library shelf. The photographs and brief accompanying text are meant to be consumed slowly, revisted, again revisted, appreciated like two fingers of old sour mash sipped during the bleak. It is irrelevant that a few of the photographs appear slightly grainy. What the artist brilliantly captures are facets of modesty and humility among a gracious people who, by choice, live a somewhat remote, sometimes trying life.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Stunning photographs suffer from poor presentation 20 Aug. 2001
By Jack Becker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Laura Wilson's photographs are truly extraordinary. I first was introduced to them by a recent essay on the PBS News Hour. The few photograps that were shown left me mesmerized and eager to see more. The presentation of the photographs in the book, however, is extremely disappointing. Rather than helping the photographs, the layout gets in the way. Several of the best photos are split between two pages ( e.g., the photo of the women on the haystacks is split 75%/25%). Also, many of the photos are blown up so large that graininess becomes a significant problem.
Laura Wilson's photographs deserve a far better presentation than they are given in this volume.
Interesting people and culture 19 Aug. 2013
By Mary Lou - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Most table-top books are just pretty pictures...not this one. The text is a wonderful picture of this particular group of
Hutterites explaining their customs, beliefs and lifestyle. The pictures are really exceptional in content, artistically done and
well worth serious contemplation. I have done futher research on this culture and this book is the best.
Well written book with superb B&W photgraphy. 20 Oct. 2010
By Dan De Lion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase

This book could easily qualify as a very readable ethnography of Hutterites and is a great example of the beauty of Black and White photography. It explores the Hutterites alternative lifestyle and shows how they very sucessfully coexists with modern American culture.

Highly recomended, many large pictures taken and reproduced with superb craftsmanship.
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